Tony was recruited during my term as the head of Epsilon Chi in 1988. Which makes his passing all the more heartbreaking and personal.
I and other brods were sponsors for baptism, confirmation, godfathers to his children, and also present during his wedding.
I also later learned he was one of the first batches of PMA students to visit UP Diliman for a dinner with organizations and student leaders. I represented various organizations then, and we were both idealists, albeit at different sides of the political spectrum, both of us wanting the best for our country.
The last time I saw him was during an unpublicized Interpol meeting in Montreal in 2013, where Tony represented the country for the Philippine National Police, along with other top police officers, accompanied by his wife Audrey. He sent me a message and said he was in town for a conference, and I took them around Montreal. He complained that he and his group had not eaten rice for 2 days, and I drove them to the nearest Chinese buffet.
He was a man with a thirst for knowledge, a formidable intellect, and unquestionable integrity. He was one of the best of the PMA, and of Epsilon Chi.
Maybe that is just the way of the Universe, where the best and brightest stars burn ever so brightly for the shortest period of time, and that makes the impact on our lives more significant and important, and their passing more tragic. We are fortunate that our paths crossed, we mourn the loss of our brother, and we celebrate his life.
The Epsilon Chi Fraternity of UP Diliman is honored that he called us brothers. We are proud to call him one of ours.
We share the grief of his family, his wife Audrey, and his children, his family and friends.
We say farewell to our brother radian, we bid you Godspeed, and until we meet again.
Epsilon Chi, First Last and Always.
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The 60’s was a time of boundless energy, teeming with social unrest, protests, and changes in various fronts – societal, scientific, political, and intellectual transformation. Change was sweeping nations, and the University was no exception.
On October 2nd of this year the Epsilon Chi Fraternity was born, founded by 32 visionaries at the College of Engineering, University of the Philippines in Diliman. The fraternity was first known as the Engineering Circle, due to a University ban on Greek lettered organizations.
In March of this year, the fraternity was officially recognized as the Epsilon Chi Fraternity. It was also on this year that the parking lot, at the College of Engineering was built, both as a tribute and support to the College, and the University, a lasting legacy to the University.
On August 11, 1973, the UP Epsilon Chi Fraternity at Los Baños was founded, further expanding the reach of the vision of Epsilon Chi. The UPLB Chapter remains today as an equal and autonomous partner in sharing the ideals of the brotherhood.
This year also witnessed the birth of the Chi Epsilon Sorority, a University- wide sorority, complementing the chapter at UP Los Baños. Our sisters have been constant partners in both chapters, in all our activities and pursuits.
I believe in a Goal, and My Goal is Creation….
We underwent the process of transforming ourselves from ordinary men to Brother Radians, men above the rest, visionaries, builders of nations. We succeeded, and were given our cherished place in the brotherhood.
What does the Circle require?
Sometimes we find ourselves falling hard, committing mistakes unworthy of our beloved Creed, straying from the path, but still striving to fulfill ideals we swore to uphold.
Instinct dictates mere survival, but living the Creed and being part of the Circle demands purity of purpose, adherence to the tenets of the Brotherhood, and excellence above all.
Words that we have sworn to uphold continue to shape our thoughts, our actions, and ultimately our destiny. For being counted as a member of the Circle has its heavy responsibilities, sometimes more than we come to realize.
The responsibility of living up to the grand ideals of the Brotherhood does not end when we leave our beloved schools. We spend five or so years in college, but the best years of our lives are spent after, building our families, the nation, and ourselves. One then comes to realize that more responsibility and distinction is expected, in all tasks. Neither does our adherence to the Creed and the Fraternity tenets end when we leave school and start our careers. Again, more is demanded. Since the Brotherhood was forged with the highest principles, excellence is the rule, not the exception.
Excellence is demanded from all those who dare to face themselves and count themselves as members of the Brotherhood.
Living the Creed is a constant battle, not one that is always won, but a struggle that distinguishes the Circle by its sheer presence in our consciousness.
The Circle has had its share of difficulties, and all of us fail at times. However, we strive to learn from our past, choose to rebuild ourselves, and dare again. Our individual struggles today shape our fate, our destiny, and collectively, the legacy of our Brotherhood.
We struggle, we dare, excellence is our mark.
This is our vow and we are Epsilon Chi.
For I am a Radian.